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Network drives | E-mail | Banner | Using MS Office at home | Anti-virus/anti-spyware software | Other SNC systems | Wireless security
To access network drives (G, J, & M) from off campus, go to http://www.snc.edu/netstorage and log in with your 6-character network login ID & password. For instructions, see the handout Accessing Network Files via the Web. For general information about College network drives, see the handout Network Drives.
Zimbra, the College's web-based e-mail and calendar system, at
http://www.snc.edu/zimbra, allows you to access your e-mail from any computer or device with an Internet connection. For more information about using Zimbra, see the
No other e-mail programs are supported at this time, but if you choose to use one, the information you will need to configure it is on the Zimbra server information page.
In order to use Banner from home, must be granted access to the VPN (virtual private network), given a special login/password for it, and install the VPN client software on your computer. To request this access, complete the Service Request form or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
Microsoft Office can be purchased at low cost for home use by SNC employees who have Office on their office computers. This "Work at Home" option permits you to use the same version you have on your office computer for College-related use only, and you must sign an agreement to that effect. As of 8/10/2012, we are still waiting for the software vendor to set up the web site for this program. A link will be provided here as soon as that is available.
It's extremely important to have effective anti-virus and anti-spyware protection on your computer. We recommend the free Microsoft Security Essentials. To download Microsoft Security Essentials, see http://www.microsoft.com/security_essentials/. No program can prevent all viruses & spyware, however, so you must remain vigilant against these threats. For more information about spyware and how to avoid it, see the handout Spyware, Scams, & Other Online Hazards.
Most other SNC computer resources and systems, such as KnightLine and Moodle, can be accessed normally from off campus just like any other web site.
Cascade Server can be accessed from off campus, but the test server, wwwtest.snc.edu, cannot. You can do anything you normally would in Cascade, including publishing pages to the live server or the test server, you just cannot view them on the test server.
If you have questions about any system not mentioned here, contact the Help Desk.
If you have a wireless network set up at home, people you don’t know may be accessing it and using your Internet connection! Before you say you don’t care, consider this: What if that person sharing your connection commits a crime, such as hacking into a computer, spreading a virus, or putting illegal materials on the Internet? You could get in trouble, because the activity would be traced back to your Internet connection. In addition, that person may also be able to intercept your online transactions and access files on your computer. When it comes to working with College data, it becomes even more critical to protect the data you work with and/or keep on your computer.
Most people who set up wireless networks in their homes don’t secure them properly, leaving their connections wide open and themselves vulnerable to these dangers. The solution is to secure your wireless access point. Because each wireless access point model is different, we can’t give you specific instructions, but the manual for your wireless access point should have instructions for enabling the following security precautions: